8/17: Morning Communique

CITY PAGES BLOGS

Pizza Man gets into a car chase with a customer that doesn't want to pay, on the Streets of Pizza.

THESE DAYS

Capitol Hill Blue publisher Doug Thompson claims high-level White House aides are describing President Bush as an angry, obscenity-spouting man who berates staff, unleashes tirades against those who disagree with him, and ends meetings in the Oval Office with "get out of here!"

Illinois Family Institute Executive Director Peter LaBarbera wonders if the super-evil, homo-hating Fred Phelps isn't a 'gay plant,' contrived as a "crude caricature of pro-family traditionalists."

Researchers in Singapore have developed a paper battery that is powered by urine. The breakthrough promises a cheap and disposable power source for home health tests for things like diabetes.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Sarah wants to know your most embarrassing moment so far this year. Fill up the comments section at Terra Nomad.

TIME WASTERS

The 2-Variable Intuition Test

Samuel L. Jackson is reduced to making a buddy movie with the funny, albeit C-List, Eugene Levy.

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"When someone gets up and says, 'My son died for our freedom,' or I get a sympathy card that says that, I can hardly bear it. And it irritates me no small amount that Dick Cheney, in the Vietnam War, said he had 'other priorities.' He didn't mind sending my grandson over there."

-- 80-year-old Republican Geraldine Comley, whose grandson, Marine Lance Cpl. Chase Johnson Comley, was killed in Amiriyah, Iraq

"I honestly find it troubling that three Republican representatives are so quick to embrace such a radical redistributive concept. Their slogan may as well be, 'From each according to his ability, to each according to her gender.'"

-- Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts, in 1984, very concerned about women actually wanting equal pay for equal work


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